LAUSANNE • Five canoeists, including a gold medallist and a five-time world champion, and two modern pentathletes became the latest Russian competitors to be banned from next month's Rio Olympics after an explosive report revealed state-run doping across Russian sport.
Their exclusion takes the number of Russians banned from taking part in Rio to 20 since Sunday, when the International Olympic Committee controversially opted not to ban all Russian competitors, instead leaving it up to each sports federation to decide what to do.
The IOC faced criticism from top anti-doping leaders over the decision, including accusations that it had failed to show leadership in the battle for drug-free sport.
IOC president Thomas Bach insisted the unprecedented eligibility criteria put in place for Russians had teeth, with the country's athletes having to clear "the highest hurdles" before going to the Games, which start on Aug 5.
Yesterday, International Canoe Federation (ICF) secretary-general Simon Toulson issued a strong rebuke to suspected dopers.
"If you step out of line you won't make the start line," he said. "The International Canoe Federation has taken swift action to remove five Russian canoe sprint athletes from the Rio Olympics following the release of additional information naming those implicated by the McLaren report."
If you step out of line you won't make the start line. The International Canoe Federation has taken swift action to remove five Russian canoe sprint athletes from the Rio Olympics.
SIMON TOULSON, International Canoe Federation secretary-general, warning suspected dopers ahead of the Rio Games.
The report by Canadian law professor Richard McLaren for the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) detailed an elaborate doping system in Russia directed by the sports ministry that affected more than 30 sports.
Twenty-five canoe sprint athletes were named in the damning report issued last week.
RUSSIAN ATHLETES BANNED FROM RIO
Women's 500m kayak double
Women's 200m kayak single
Alexander Dyachenko, 26
Gold: Men's 200m kayak double with Yury Postrigay, 2012
Andrey Kraitor, 23
Men's 200m canoe single
Alexey Korovashkov, 24
Bronze: Men's 1,000m canoe double, 2012
Maksim Kutsov and Ilia Frolov, 32
Ivan Balandin, 27
Anastasia Karabelshchikova, 31 Women's eight
Ivan Podshivalov, 34
Yulia Efimova, 24 Bronze: women's 200m breaststroke, 2012
Vladimir Morozov, 24 Bronze: Men's 4x100m freestyle, 2012
Nikita Lobintsev, 27 Silver: Men's 4x100m free, 2008
Bronze: Men's 4x100m free, 2012 Mikhail Dovgalyuk, 21
Men's 4x200m free
Natalia Lovtsova, 28
Women's 50m free
Anastasia Krapivina, 21
Women's marathon swimming
Daria Ustinova, 17
Women's 4x100m medley
Tatiana Kashirina, 25
Silver: Women's +75kg, 2012
Anastasia Romanova, 24
Viktor Lebedev, 28
Men's 57kg freestyle
The ICF said the banned five were being hit with "an immediate suspension pending further investigation, making the offending athletes ineligible to compete at the Rio Games".
The five were named as Elena Aniushina, Natalia Podolskaya, Alexander Dyachenko, Andrey Kraitor and Alexey Korovashkov.
Five-time world champion Korovashkov won a bronze in London four years ago and Dyachenko a gold in a doubles kayak sprint.
The Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM) later barred Maksim Kutsov and Ilia Frolov, who were named in the McLaren report, from next month's Games.
It said both tested positive for trenbolone, methenolone and oxandrolone in tests conducted at a Moscow laboratory in August 2014 but the findings were not reported as such.
Individual sports federations have precious little time to deal with the cases involving Russian competitors, some of whom are already in Brazil.
In addition to the ban on Russia's entire track and field team over doping, seven swimmers, two weightlifters, a wrestler and three rowers have all also been barred.
Four-time world breaststroke champion Yulia Efimova announced plans on Monday to appeal against her ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
The Lausanne-based CAS was not immediately available to comment on when an appeal would be heard, but the court and federations appear likely to face a race against the clock to manage a flurry of Russia doping cases before the opening ceremony.
Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko - a key figure in the McLaren report who has been banned from attending the Rio Games - has voiced confidence that the "majority" of the country's 387-member team would be declared eligible for Rio.
Most Russian competitors will fly out to Rio tomorrow, but it remains to be seen how many will actually take part in the Games because several federations have yet to weigh in.
AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS